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Schnyder Saves Match Points, Meets Ivanovic in Final

Posted in Ana Ivanovic,Andrea Petkovic,Patty Schnyder,Roberta Vinci by Ben on October 16, 2010

Patty Schnyder saved two match points in her match against Andrea Petkovic to make it to her second final this year. She advanced in a tough 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 battle after “serving at 4-5, 15-40 down in the deciding set against Petkovic,” according to a recent Associated Press article. Schnyder has made it to the finals at the Generali Ladies tournament twice before in 2005 and 2007. Both times, however, she failed to win the tournament. This time around, it’ll be just as difficult as Ana Ivanovic routed Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-5 to make her first final in 19 months.

In fact, Ivanovic’s last WTA tour title came at the Linz tournament in 2008. Will she prove to everyone that she’s truly back with a win against Schnyder in the final? A lot seems to be pointing to just that result. First, Schnyder had a much more difficult time in her semifinal match. Therefore, she’ll be the more tired of the two and less physically fit. Second, while the career head-to-head between Schnyder and Ivanovic is locked at 4-all, Ivanovic has won the last four meetings in dominating fashion. Therefore, Ivanovic has the confidence (and the record) to win.

Regardless, I’m not so sure that the match will be decided in such a lopsided manner this time around. Schnyder’s season has been stronger and before the semifinals, she ousted her opponents in a decisive manner.

In short, I predict that Ivanovic claims her first title of the year in three sets.

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  1. Erik G. said,

    Watch the last set of the Schynder/Petkovic match. Petkovic had chances but too many errors from her cost her the match. Wouldn’t count out Schynder against Ivanovic who plays somewhat similar to Petkovic with regards to going for winners. If Ivanovic serves well, she should win in two sets.


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